US Patent No. 10,398,050

PLUGGABLE TRANSCEIVER ASSEMBLY AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME


Patent No. 10,398,050
Issue Date August 27, 2019
Title Pluggable Transceiver Assembly And Communication System Having The Same
Inventorship Nathan Lincoln Tracy, Harrisburg, PA (US)
Alex Michael Sharf, Harrisburg, PA (US)
Michael David Herring, Apex, NC (US)
Assignee TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,398,050

1. A pluggable transceiver assembly comprising:a transceiver body having first and second plug portions and a common base portion that joins the first and second plug portions, the first and second plug portions having respective mating ends that form a leading end of the transceiver body, the common base portion having a loading end of the transceiver body that is configured to engage a communication cable, wherein the first and second plug portions are separated from each other by an elongated wall-receiving gap that is sized and shaped to receive a receptacle wall of a receptacle assembly; and
a communication sub-assembly comprising a transceiver substrate that includes first and second plug sections and a shared section that joins the first and second plug sections, the shared section being positioned within the common base portion of the transceiver body, the first and second plug sections being positioned within the first and second plug portions, respectively, of the transceiver body, the first and second plug sections extending toward the leading end of the transceiver body from the shared section to substrate edges of the first and second plug sections, respectively, the substrate edges including electrical contacts configured to engage corresponding receptacle connectors of the receptacle assembly;
wherein the communication sub-assembly includes a plurality of signal pathways that extend through the shared section and the first plug section and a plurality of signal pathways that extend through the shared section and the second plug section, each of the first and second plug sections operable to communicate at a respective data rate; and
wherein the pluggable transceiver assembly further comprises a processing unit that is operable to manage data signals through the signal pathways of the first and second plug sections as a group such that the pluggable transceiver assembly functions as a single transceiver having a data rate that is greater than either of the respective data rates of the first and second plug sections.